Benefits Of Priming Before You Paint

Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to change the look of your home. It’s also a project that even the most inexperienced do-it-yourselfer can do with confidence. With thousands of colors from which to choose, it’s the perfect way to express your unique style and personality at a fraction of the cost of other home improvement projects. Yet even experienced do-it-yourselfers sometimes neglect the first and most important step in achieving the perfect paint job: priming.

how to paint the interior of your homeProfessional Handyman Matters Craftsmen know that the key to a beautiful paint job isn’t buying the most expensive paint.

They know that one coat of primer and one coat of paint will give them a better, longer-lasting paint job than two coats of paint. That’s why they prime first, then paint.

Paint is formulated with more pigment than resin to provide rich, beautiful color. Primers are resin-rich to provide the ideal foundation for paint. You can’t expect a paint, or a paint-and-primer-in-one product to do the job of a high-quality stain-blocking primer.

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Having a sealed, stain-free surface is the key to getting the best paint job possible, and this is accomplished by using one coat of primer and one coat of paint.

Here are just some of the benefits of priming before you paint:

  • Priming saves you time and money. Primers are formulated to seal the surface – and when the surface is sealed, you use less paint. No more multiple coats of paint to get an even, consistent finish. If you tint a quality primer, one coat of primer and one coat of paint is usually all you need for a great-looking paint job. Just ask the paint desk to tint your primer toward the color of your paint. Since a gallon of primer is less expensive than a gallon of paint, you’ll save money too.
  • Priming makes paint colors richer. Primers hide previous colors – even the darkest blues and deepest reds – and prevent them from showing through and changing the color of your paint. Your paint colors will be more vibrant and beautiful if you prime first.
  • Primers block stains. Most stains – water stains, crayon and marker, lipstick or nicotine – will bleed right through paint. This is where primers earn their reputation: they seal in stains and prevent them from ruining your paint job. New advanced technology water-based primers take the guesswork out of primer selection because they block all stains – even water stains – so you start your paint job with a clean canvas.
  • You can paint anything if you prime first. If you’ve ever tried to paint a slick surface like vinyl or plastic with paint alone, chances are it just didn’t stick. Primers are formulated for tenacious paint adhesion to all surfaces, so you can paint anything – even ceramic tile and Formica cabinets – when you use a primer as your first coat.
  • Primers make your paint job last longer. Primers prevent common paint problems like cracking, peeling and blistering and your paint will retain its original color longer, so you’ll have to paint less often.

Handyman Matters craftsmen are available to provide a helping hand giving your home interior a fresh new look – whether painting a room or a complete make over.  The professionals at Handyman Matters can help take care of all of your interior projects – no matter how small! Find a location near you or call 866-FIX MY HOME, today.

DIY Painting Tips For A More Professional Finish

DIY Painting Tips For Your HomeWhen doing home renovations and redecorating, many people choose to do their own painting.  While the services of a professional painting contractor are undoubtedly the best plan, you can save a decent amount of money and complete this portion of the project yourself.

What’s the difference between a professionally painted wall and a DIY job?  Usually consistency of the finish, the edges and the clean up are top quality.  If you can take care of these three areas, your paint job will shine like a pro’s.

Buying the right paint for your area is a good start to a fine job.  You’ll have to choose between flat (often ceiling paint is flat), semi-gloss and gloss.  There are also many kitchen and bath paints with a high resistance to mold and mildew and other specialty paints for textured finishes.

Decide which type suits your area and ask at the store for their recommendation.  Generally high gloss paint is the easiest to wipe clean and flat paint is the least expensive.

Make sure the surface you are painting is clean and ready to receive a new coat of paint.  No oils should be present and the wall surface should be dry.

Use a clean roller and brush.  Be careful to mix the paint well before you start and stir often during the project.  Paint in small sections with a regular pattern of rolling and a consistent amount of paint loaded onto the roller each time.

Many homeowners get impatient when painting; that shows up in the edging.  Take the time to properly tape areas off.  This includes all trim, cabinets, fixtures, floors and ceilings.

Be slow and deliberate with all edging especially where a light color is meeting a dark color.  Buy top quality masking tape to reduce the chance of bleeding and remove the tape as soon as the paint is cured enough on the walls.

When you make mistakes, fix them right away.  Have a wet cloth handy for latex paints and some thinner on hand when using oil based.  Catching these mistakes as you go along will mean less work at the end.

Professional painters know how to leave a jobsite in pristine condition. Why is it that homeowners often don’t do the same for their own rooms?

Use a tarp wherever you need to protect flooring or furniture.  Wipe down all of the areas that have paint splotches or brush marks afterwards.  Remove masking tape and replace any furniture and decor you moved.

It’s a lot of work to clean brushes and rollers, but it’s worth the effort to reduce waste.  Used paint brushes and rollers are great for craft projects or paint jobs that require less of a fine finish.  With latex paint any rags and clothes used can also be washed.

Dispose of empty paint cans properly as they’re usually considered hazardous waste.  Many regional landfills and other businesses that deal with waste removal will take them.

By following in the footsteps of a professional painter you can enjoy a better quality finish in your home.  DIY painting is a fun project to do alone or with friends, and most rooms require only basic tools.  Enjoy this easy and inexpensive home improvement even more with a finished look that’s professional.

Giving A Room A Quick, Easy Facelift

Courtesy of Elle Decor’s executive editor Michael Boodro, here are a few tips for injecting a fresh look into your home’s interiors, ideas that can be accomplished at relatively little cost and with just a small amount of effort.

Pump the Color

Don’t let it scare you.  If you love a bold color, but worry it will be overkill, do one wall, or paint the wall below the chair rail.  Strong color instantly changes a room.

Don’t Fear the Dark

If you have a dark room, don’t paint it a light color and pretend it’s a bright room.  Painting a dark room a dark color can give it real presence.

Use the Ceiling

Too many people ignore them.  Paint ceilings a pale color, like soft blue or pink or butter, or add texture with architectural detail.  When you address the ceiling, it lifts the eye.

Add Shine

Put something shiny in every room:  A glass bowl, a mirror, a polished brass table, lacquered or glossy-painted furniture, satin pillows.  Furnishings that reflect light make spaces happier.

Edit your Stuff

Just as choosing which photos will make it into our magazine’s layout is the hardest part of editing, the same holds true for a room.  Not every great item belongs.  Clear every surface.  Put your stuff in a pile and slowly consider each piece before you put it back.

Have Fun

Your home should be playful.  Not every piece needs to be valuable or have provenance.  Your home should reflect you, not a hotel.

Keep it Alive

The philosophy of maintaining a magazine is that “it’s like a shark.”  If it doesn’t move ahead, it dies.  The same holds true for a living space.  Keep it moving forward!